June 16, 2018

Hun Manet gets promotion

Hun Manet salutes the Cambodian flag in Phnom Penh last year. Photo supplied

Mech Dara | The Phnom Penh Post 
Publication date 14 June 2018 | 09:50 ICT

The deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), Lieutenant General Hun Manet, will be promoted to acting chief of the joint staffs and chief of the armed forces. However, he retains his current responsibilities as well.

Manet who is the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, replaces General Kun Kim and General Meas Sophea, who are both stepping down to stand as candidates in the July 29 elections, according to an announcement.

General Sao Sokha, another RCAF deputy commander, will assume the role of acting commander of the armed forces. He replaces General Pol Saroeun, who is also looking to win a National Assembly seat in the coming elections.

The announcement, signed by Banh and obtained by The Post on Wednesday, read: “Tea Banh, deputy prime minister and minister of defence, has issued new roles in the Royal Cambodia Armed Forces.

“They are as follows: His Excellency General Sao Sokha will become acting commander of the RCAF, together with his existing responsibilities; His Excellency Lieutenant General Hun Manet, deputy commander of RCAF, will become acting chief of joint staff and chief of the RCAF together with his existing responsibilities,”

“The changes were made following requests for special leave for participation in the upcoming elections and are effective from June 30.”

Political analyst Hang Vitou claimed the promotion of Manet was a planned move to maintain power by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

“This is because Hun Sen does not trust anyone as much as his children,” he said.

Sokha has long been the commander of the National Military Police and a deputy RCAF commander-in-chief. He is said to have forged close ties to the prime minister since he was an aide to Hun Sen in the 1970s.

Manet is also the current head of the joint-ministry counterterrorism taskforce and deputy commander of Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit.

He had previously participated in negotiations during the 2008 dispute between Cambodia and Thailand involving the area surrounding the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a joke? or Is this a clown? The drug lords will overrun Cambodia in the near future...AH Hun Manit is bullshitting himself by assuming these roles ..

KhmerBTB said...

Anyone is related to ah kuk Hun Sen has been promoted to high ranking official again and again without any contest . Isn't that nepotism ?

Justic Justice said...

Time to live and time to die. Hun Manet is also a criminal because he is supposed to work to protect her and her people, but not. He instead is working against her by murdering his lover and corruption. Through bribery, gangster group from kidnaping etc. He is no different from his parents. He went to study in US but learn nothing.